Mini Pancakes (sometimes playfully nicknamed cereal pancakes) are a fun and easy way to start the day! Using everyday ingredients that can be kept in the pantry and called upon as needed, this recipe will tick everyone's breakfast dreams! Fully load your miniature pancakes with fresh fruit, maple syrup and sugar or your favourite pancake toppings 😍😘🥰!
My Halloween Pancakes are a fun way to celebrate Halloween, get creative and let the kids help decorate.
🤍 Recipe Highlights
Everything that you will come to know and love about this recipe is summarised in the points below:
- Everyday ingredients: there is only 4 ingredients needed to make the pancake mixture and they are pantry staples.
- Versatile pancake toppings: whilst I am going for a fresh fruit, maple syrup and confectioner's sugar topping combination, you can feel free to switch this up to your favourite toppings (check out my substitutions and variations for specific suggestions).
- Fast and super easy: this recipe not only uses easy to find ingredients, it is also very easy to make! Once you have whisked together the batter, then started making the pancakes, you will find the process very easy to repeat to cook the entire batch.
- Kid friendly: the whole family including the young at heart will enjoy the fluffy texture of these mini silver dollar pancakes. It is one you can get the kids to help you with and they can fill their lunch boxes with homemade pancakes for the week ahead.
- Sweet or savory: pancake toppings don't all have to be sweet! If you want to add bacon, crushed nuts or other toppings that you love and know work for you, go right ahead!
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the recipe. Many are basic pantry ingredients. Please refer to the printable recipe card for exact measurements.
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- Self-raising flour: a must to ensure fluffy pancakes that rise as they cook. Option to sift this ingredient or skip but stir vigorously to ensure that there is no lumps in the batter.
- Milk: I am using regular whole milk. You can do the same to the equivalent amount or use skim, almond milk or milk of your preference.
- Eggs: fresh, free range eggs are the best! We need 2 for the recipe which get mixed in to form the pancake batter.
- Unsalted butter: this is not used in the pancake mixture, but on the hot pan when we are cooking the tiny pancakes.
- Salt: a tiny little bit of this helps bring together all of the ingredients needed for the pancake batter:
- Pancake toppings: I have a photo in my instructions to show you want exactly I am using for the pancake toppings. However as I know that this is a very personal choice amongst readers, I want to ensure that you know you can use your favourite toppings for the recipe, so don't feel that you have to match my stack fruit by fruit for example, although you can if you want to (xo).
Tasty Tip: these days post pandemic, I tend to use more life long milk than before COVID. This way you have it in the pantry ready to go as needed and don't have to pop out for 1 ingredient at the last minute (ain't nobody want to do that these days!).
Here are the step by step instructions to make the delicious mini pancakes. We start by making the batter, you will need a medium to large sized mixing bowl and something to stir it, like a wooden spoon.
- Add pancake ingredients to mixing bowl (Photo 1)
- Stir to combine (Photo 2)
- Portion onto pan, cook, flip (Photo 3)
- Grab pancake toppings to your preference (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How To Make Mini Pancakes
To make the mini pancakes, start by adding the dry ingredients for the batter to a large bowl. Once added, pour in the wet ingredients then use a wooden spoon to stir and combine. Ensure there are no lumps in the batter.
When the pancake batter is ready, turn the stove on to a medium heat and spray a nonstick skillet or crepe pan with cooking oil. If you don't have one, you can also use a fry pan.
Use a mini cookie scoop (or soup spoon) to spoon portions of the mixture onto the pan. Repeat so that you are cooking about 5 mini pancakes at the same time. For larger pancakes, use a measuring cup.
You will notice little bubbles start to form from the outside of each pancake. Once the bubbles work their way into the centre of the pancake, it is time to flip them.
👌 Fluffy Mini Pancakes
Use a flat silicon utensil and flip one by one. Allow this side to cook for 1 to 2 mins till golden brown, then use the silicon turner to lift, remove from the pan and place on the plate.
Repeat until the entire pancake batter has been used.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
There is an unlimited amount of ways that you can serve these pancakes!
Let your imagination and taste preferences guide you and if you don't want to do that, let my imagination guide you 💗.
One of the best ways to enjoy these pancakes, is when they are made, then stacked with fresh sliced strawberries and bananas with maple syrup (or your favorite syrup) drizzled over the top of the pancakes and a dusting of icing sugar (confectioner's sugar). This is how they come together in the photos I have taken and shared throughout this post.
As much as I have said that, please enjoy your favourite pancake toppings with the recipe as I know that everyone has very clear and specific ideas about how they want to eat theirs and I am not here to tell you what is right and wrong, more so to give you options that I love, hope you love and know work well for the recipe!
👍 How To Guide
How to store
You can store the cooked pancakes in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
You can also make the batter and store it (with cling film) in the fridge for up to 2 days, simply stir prior to portioning if you want to do make the batter in advance.
How to freeze
To freeze cooked pancakes, let them cool. Then wrap tightly in cling film and they can be frozen for up to 3 months.
How to reheat
Ensure frozen pancakes have been fully thawed before reheating.
Once thawed, place in a baking tray in the oven at low to moderate heat. They will keep warm in there for long lazy breakfasts or if you are feeding a crowd.
😉 Substitutions and Variations
As always, here are my ins, outs and in other options that you might want to do as you make the recipe to tick all of your boxes.
- Use gluten free flour to make gluten free pancakes (everything else can stay the same).
- Try lemon juice and white or caster sugar as alternative toppings to the fruit and maple combination.
- Use whipped fresh cream and strawberries as a different flavour topping and dust with icing sugar.
- Make fun themed pancakes with Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) or add chocolate chips and sprinkles for different times of the year.
- Use peanut butter and jelly or jam to top the pancakes.
💡 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks to share with you so that you get the recipe right from the get go:
- Use measuring jugs for the flour, milk and a measuring spoon for the salt. The eggs are standard size, don't worry about their exact measurement, 2 eggs is fine!
- A mini cookie scoop (or tablespoon) is the best way to ensure uniform sizes of mini pancakes across the batch. This also means their cook time will be quite similar per pancake.
- Use either a crepe pan, pancake pan or fry pan to cook the pancake, each will work well.
- Spray cooking oil onto the pan (removed from stove if using gas) and repeat the use of this several times throughout the cooking process.
- A silicon turner is handy to allow you both to flip the pancakes and to transfer them from the pan to the plate.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
What is a small pancake called?
There are a few difference names for small pancakes.
They might be known as small pancakes, mini pancakes, miniature pancakes, Scotch pancakes, pancake cereal to name a few!
How do you make mini pancakes?
To make the mini pancakes, start by combining the ingredients for the batter. Once that is done, turn the stove on to a medium heat, spray a crepe pan with cooking oil and use a mini cookie scoop to spoon the batter onto the pan. Once the pancakes have got bubbles through to their centre, flip them and allow the other side to cook.
Then remove from the pan, stack and decorate with your favourite pancake toppings!
Are mini pancakes healthy?
Mini pancakes can be made healthy if you serve them with plenty of fresh fruit, not sugary toppings.
They are much smaller than a regular sized pancake, so can be eaten in smaller quantities that traditional pancakes.
How many calories are in 3 mini pancakes?
There is 22kcal in each individual mini pancake, making 66kcal in 3 mini pancakes.
Additional toppings will increase the kcal total per serving.
How long do you cook mini pancakes for?
Each mini pancake will need to be cooked on the 1st side for 2 mins, then cooked on the flipped side for an additional minute.
How do you keep pancakes small?
A mini cookie scoop is a handy way to keep pancakes small and uniform in size for a big batch of them.
If you don't have a mini cookie scoop, you can also use a tablespoon.
Can pancakes be made in advance?
Pancakes can be made in advance and served cold with plenty of additional toppings.
Their batter can also be made in advance and then the pancakes cooked and flipped when ready to serve.
If making in advance, ensure cooked pancakes are stored in a sealed, air tight container, they will last up to 2 days.
You can also freeze cooked pancakes in cling film for up to 3 months. These are best thawed then reheated prior to eating.
Do you fry pancakes in butter or oil?
Both butter or oil can be used to grease a pan to cook pancakes.
For crispy edges, use butter or for soft edges, a simple spray of oil on the pan before adding the batter.
How Do You Keep pancakes warm for a crowd?
You can keep pancakes warm by adding them to a baking tray covered with tin foil in a low temperature oven.
Should pancake batter be runny or thick?
Pancake batter should be thick and smooth with no lumps. If you didn't sift the flour, you will need to whisk the batter more thoroughly to ensure any lumps are removed prior to cooking the pancakes.
😍 More Easy Breakfast Recipes
If leaping out of bed and heading to the kitchen is your thing, then I know you will also love these recipes:
- Raspberry Pancakes
- Sprinkles Pancakes
- Marshmallow Pancakes
- Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- Air Fryer Croissants
- Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins
- Oatmeal Strawberry Muffins
- Tinned Fruit Crumble
- Blackberry Oatmeal Muffins
- Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Muffins
You can also find all of my breakfast recipes in one spot for inspiration to get your breakfast at home even better than eating out!
Easy Mini Pancakes Recipe
- 1 Medium mixing bowl
- 1 Sifter optional, for the flour
- 1 Wooden spoon
- 1 Crepe pan (or pancake pan)
- 1 Mini Cookie Scoop
- 1 Silicon flexible turner
- 2 cups self-raising flour sifted (optional)
- 2 cups milk
- 2 eggs free range
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- strawberries rinsed, tops removed and thinly sliced
- banana peeled, thinly sliced
- maple syrup
- icing sugar sifted
- Make the pancake batter: add self-raising flour, milk, eggs and salt to a large mixing bowl. Whisk to thoroughly combine.
- Cook the pancakes: turn the stove onto a medium heat, use cooking spray to coat a crepe pan with oil, then use a mini cookie scoop to portion the pancake batter onto the pan. Repeat to cook 5 mini pancakes at the same time.
- Flip the pancakes: once the pancakes start forming bubbles in the middle (approximately 2 to 3 mins), use a silicon turner to slide under each pancake and flip to the other side. Repeat to flip each pancake. Allow 2nd side to cook for 1 mins. Then use silicon turner to transfer pancakes to serving plate and repeat process till all batter is used up.
- Add pancake toppings: pile the mini pancakes high into a stack. Put some sliced banana and strawberries on different layers throughout the stack. Drizzle maple syrup over and dust with icing sugar.
- Serve and enjoy: it is best to top the pancakes just before serving so that they don't go soggy. Plate, provide forks and dig in!
- Note 1 - Self -raising flour: You can sift this ingredient to ensure that the batter has no lumps. If you skip sifting it, ensure that you whisk the ingredients together thoroughly as this will also rid the batter of any flour lumps.
Recipe published August 2022, updated December 2022 with more tasty tips for you 🥰😘😍!